Missing plane: Piracy theory gains more credence KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Piracy and pilot suicide are among the scenarios under study as investigators grow increasingly certain the missing Malaysian Airlines jet changed course and headed west after its last radio contact with air traffic controllers. The latest evidence suggests the plane didn't experience a catastrophic incident over the South China Sea as was initially suspected. Some experts theorize that one of the pilots, or someone else with flying experience, hijacked the plane or committed suicide by plunging the jet into the sea.
Missing jet's pilots had firm community ties KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - One was passionate enough about flying to build his own flight simulator in his home. The other was a 27-year-old contemplating marriage after having just graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777. As speculation intensified Friday that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane might have been commandeered by someone with aviation skills, a picture began to emerge of the two pilots.
Kerry: US won't recognize Crimea vote LONDON (AP) - Despite six hours of talks, the U.S. and Russia found "no common vision" Friday over the crisis in Ukraine, where residents in the country's strategic Crimean region are holding a secession vote this weekend. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the comment after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London.
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After Crimea, wary Eastern Europe asks: who's next BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine - and tremble. From leaders to ordinary people, there is a palpable sense of fear that Russia, seemingly able to thumb its nose at Western powers at will, may seek more opportunities for incursions in its former imperial backyard. The question many people are asking is: Who's next?
Rival theories on Malaysia flight's disappearance The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has generated dozens of theories on where it is now, from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, and how it vanished. Here's a rundown of what we know and what we don't, along with clues and theories about what happened to the Boeing 777 jetliner: THE WHERE:
APNewsBreak: LAX union wants emergency training LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of Los Angeles International Airport workers had no idea what to do when a gunman opened fire last year in a terminal because they were inadequately trained to deal with an emergency, according to a union report. Members of SEIU United Service Workers West - sky caps, baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and janitors - weren't prepared for an evacuation, were hampered by poor communication, and were essentially on their own during the chaos, as panicked, fleeing passengers ran onto the tarmac and dove onto luggage conveyer belts. In some instances, passengers were left alone in wheelchairs during the Nov. 1 shooting that killed one airport screener and injured three others.
FDNY: Explosion death toll at 8, may not rise NEW YORK (AP) - All eight people reported missing after a deadly New York City gas explosion have been recovered, the fire commissioner said Friday, but workers are still treating the scene as a rescue operation in case there are unknown survivors in the rubble. Salvatore Cassano said no one else is known to be unaccounted for, but workers will continue to scour the debris from two flattened apartment buildings for victims. More than 60 people were injured and more than 100 others displaced by the Wednesday morning explosion.
Malnutrition grows among Syrian refugee children KAB ELIAS, Lebanon (AP) - Trapped in her northern Syrian village by fighting, Mervat watched her newborn baby progressively shrink. Her daughter's dark eyes seemed to grow bigger as her face grew more skeletal. Finally, Mervat escaped to neighboring Lebanon, and a nurse told her the girl was starving. The news devastated her. "They had to hold me when they told me. I wept," the 31-year-old mother said, speaking in the rickety, informal tent camp where she now lives with her husband in the eastern Lebanese town of Kab Elias.
Clinton records: Fight back hard after 1994 losses WASHINGTON (AP) - Stung by the GOP takeover of Congress in the 1994 elections, White House advisers urged President Bill Clinton not to take the blame and make light of it in public but instead to hit back hard by casting Republicans as defenders of "wealthy special interests," according to documents released Friday. Preparing for Clinton's 1995 State of the Union speech, adviser Paul Begala said the president should change his tone regarding Democratic losses in the midterm elections.
After 37 years on lam, killer caught in Fla. DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from the maximum-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, convicted killer James Robert Jones carved out a new life for himself in Florida, living under an assumed name, getting married and working for an air conditioning company. It all came to an end this week when Jones - or Bruce Walter Keith, as the former Army private was known in Florida - was recaptured with the help of technology that was more sci-fi than reality when he broke out during the disco era: facial-recognition software.